8 interesting places to fly over in Microsoft Flight Simulator

Everyone’s talking about how you have to fly over the Grand Canyon or Mt. Fuji in Microsoft Flight Simulator. While, yes, these natural wonders are truly remarkable to behold from the cockpit of an airplane, everyone knows about them! There are so many other quirky wonders of the world that you can only see from the sky, that we now get a chance to examine in detail with Flight Simulator's absurdly detailed maps. Have you all forgotten our days of sifting through wonders on Google Earth so easily?

Here are eight interesting landmarks that we think you should check out in this flight sim. Just copy down the coordinates, put them into the search bar, and take to the skies.

Desert Breath

27°22'50.1"N 33°37'54.6"E

We’re big fans of land art, so we’re starting off this series of flyovers with one of the world’s most well-known. This sand sculpture spiral is called Desert Breath. It is more than a million square feet and despite being made almost entirely out of sand, it continues to stand in the Sahara to this day. It is made out of sand cones, alternating hills, and depressions that form concentric spirals, all of which lead to a pond of water. Each of these mounds are much, MUCH taller than a human being, small mountains, and valleys in the vast desert.

The UTA Flight 772 Desert Memorial

16°51'53.4"N 11°57'13.7"E

Not to get too depressing here, but let’s talk about a real-life plane crash. On September 19, 1989, UTA Flight 772 blew up over the Sahara Desert. All 150 passengers and 14 crew members were killed. The families of the victims built a memorial to the crash where the plane fell, a memorial so big that you can see it from space, or in a Flight Simulator fly over. It’s a silhouette of the airplane, pointing toward Paris, its destination, in the middle of a stone circle, surrounded by 170 broken mirrors, one for each person who died.

The World’s Largest Island in a Lake in an Island in a Lake in an Island

69°47'34.8"N 108°14'27.6"W

This is just a really neat piece of natural geography. This is a tiny strip of land inside of a small lake that is inside a larger island that resides in a series of long lakes on Victoria Island, which itself is the eighth largest island in the world. It is very likely that no one has step foot on this small meta-meta-meta island, that is until it was highlighted a few years ago in the Conde Nast Traveler. I’m sure someone has gone to visit it at this point, and you can too in Flight Simulator.

The World’s Biggest Swimming Pool

33°21'01.9"S 71°39'11.8"W

We might be going crazy because it’s summer and we’ve been stuck inside the whole time during the pandemic, unable to see a single drop of water or partake in any type of summertime fun time… but we think that the world’s biggest swimming pool is worth checking out even if you don’t have pandemic induced cabin fever. The pool at the San Alfonso del Mar restor in Algarrobo, Chile is 1,013 meters in length, taking up a total of 19.77 acres of land. It holds 66 million gallons of water. It’s built into the coastline so it looks oddly like an extension of the ocean. Just fantasize about going there one day… you know… whenever we can… go places again.

The Estancia La Guitarra

33°52'04.4"S 63°59'13.2"W

If you fly over Argentina, you might see this forest shaped like a guitar made of over 7,000 cypress and eucalyptus trees. It is more than a kilometer in length, easily seen during a flyover, and able to be examined in greater detail if you are gutsy enough to take a low pass. This piece of land art was printed by farmer Pedro Martin Ureta and his family in commemoration of his wife. She was flying in a plane over Pampa one day and noticed that one area of topography looked a bit like a milking pail. They joked about doing one better, and after his wife passed he made good on that joke, creating a forest that looks like a guitar because she loved the instrument. The irony? Mr. Ureta has a fear of flying and has never seen the forest from a plane himself. He’s only ever seen photographs.

The Overgrown Shipwrecked SS Ayrfield

33°50'11.0"S 151°04'49.8"E

Why are we giving you coordinates to the middle of a body of water? Well, these coordinates actually take you to a wrecked ship in Australia’s Homebush Bay, a wreck that you can fly over and see for yourself. Why is this wreck so special? It’s alive! For some reason, foliage has sprouted all over the wreckage, with actual trees growing through the hull. You can find several wrecks in this bay, and for that matter all across the world in Flight Simulator. Decommissioned freighters were often just left where they were in times past. But this floating forest is certainly one of the most interesting.

The Potash Ponds

38°29'00.2"N 109°40'52.8"W

If you want a neat technicolor surprise, fly over these coordinates in Utah. Those multicolored blue and purple streaks aren’t water. They are ponds made for collecting potash or potassium salt. It’s pumped up from the ground into these pools which are purposefully dyed blue tints so that they absorb more heat from the sun. The water then evaporates leaving the potash behind. Depending on what point in the process you catch the pools at, they may look blue, purple, or white if most of the water has been evaporated. The whole process takes about 300 days, so you’ll see these ponds reflect different colors all based on the time of year you fly over them.

The Atlantic City Boardwalk

39°21'17.6"N 74°26'18.2"W

This is THE boardwalk. You know, the one you always want to get in Monopoly. At more than five miles long it’s the biggest boardwalk in the world and the oldest in America. Flight Simulator has enough detail that you can see the individual attractions along the boardwalk, right down to the hotels, casinos, and rides on the pier.

Of course, if you are looking for attractions then Atlantic city isn’t necessarily the place you want to go, but you can just follow the coasts to get to the South Jersey beaches like Wildwood and its two-mile boardwalk full of lights (flyover in night mode for a treat) or Cape May, whose historical districts are interesting to see from the sky, and even more interesting to crash your plane into. That’s what you get for taking our parking space at the breakfast buffet, KAREN!

What are some interesting landmarks that you like flying over in Flight Simulator?